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February 25 - August 6, 2011
NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral -

Solo exhibit at University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY



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Inspired by my journey to a sacred waterfall in Japan, Nachi, I created a large-scale multi-media installation for the museum's 2800 sq.ft. gallery space.

This installation is composed of a 123-feet linier length of spiral shaped hanging cotton twine waterfall, video projections (32-minute loop), sound piece (28-minute loop), and six hanging 14 feet long x 4.5 feet wide glass pyrographs (fire drawing by molten glass) on paper. I designed the installation in a way that visitors could walk through within it to experience the created space. Light and shadow played an important role in the installation.

To create the video, I collaborated with three dancers with different ethnic backgrounds. I invited them to my studio individually, discussed my concept of the installation and inspiration behind it, shared ideas and sketches, then asked them to freely improvise their movements within the mocked-up installation where I prepared for the video shoot.

You hear the sound piece that is installed underneath the circular platform. Based on a Japanese traditional garden ornament Suikinkutsu (water koto cave), I made a sound ornament and recorded dripping water echoing in the clay vessels. The edited 28 min piece plays looped in the installation.

In conjunction to the exhibit, I had a residency with the University’s Art and Dance departments. I worked with young dancers and asked them to improvise movements inspired by my work or my words. As a result, I collaborated with 30 students and a sound artist, and presented a performance piece at the opening of the exhibition.

This project was supported by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York), National Endowment for the Arts (Washington DC), and 4Culture (Seattle). It was curated by Susan B. Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the museum.

 

NACHI - between the eternal and the ephemeral -
16 h x 50 w x 32 d feet
Glass pyrograph on paper, video, sound, cotton twine, wood
Solo exhibit at University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY in 2011

 

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